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republican amendments, though, including matching spending cuts for every dollar increase in the debt ceiling. those amendments expected to be defeated. the bill won't technically raise the debt ceiling, but it will suspend it until may 19th when it will be raised by the amount that the treasury borrows in the interim. that's how it's going to work. and markets, as we've been talking about on a tear this month with the dow having its best january in decades. but will yesterday's surprising drop in gdp reign in the bulls, it says here? let's get a read on the state of the economy. at least it wasn't a -- that kind of rein. there's three of them. anyway, joining us for the next hour is bob bruska. that's fao -- >> no. you cannot. >> fao economics. as becky said at the top, things are going to go really well or the market is going to have an '87 crash. >> i like the binary outlook. >> everything you said was so good until you gout to that point. >> he usually wears one of these very clever ties. >> i'm not going to give him any -- >> there you go, joe. >> you didn't forget because you are gettin
: it wasn't so long ago that we were talking jobs jobs jobs, and i do this every day, right, three hours a day. you hear talk about it's immigration, guns, global warming or it's the deficit, or the debt ceiling or whatever. it has been a long time since i heard people here in the congress or even from the white house talk about jobs. what is happening on the jobs front out there? it is getting any better? >> we see only a marginal improvement in some sectors of the manufacturing economy, but there's tremendous pressure upon employers right now uncertain about the economic condition of this country and the follies of our congress, not to be able to make a decision on this so they are withholding investment. they are sitting on piles of cash that could be plowed -- >> bill: still today? >> today. that could be plowed into reinvestment to produce products america needs and the rest of the world. >> bill: have the employers realized they can make more money with fewer employees and that is why they are not hiring? this has been going on for a while, right? >> it's often
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